An itinerary of historical, artistic, cultural and naturalistic interest that allows you to visit some of the most beautiful villages of the Etruscan Coast. The route doesn't present any particular difficulties, but using an e-bike is recommended so that even the less experienced can cover the entire itinerary. The two day trip is split into: the first day from Baratti (3 hours), and the second day from Sassetta to Baratti (about 42.5 km in 2 hours).
Start from Poggio all’Agnello in Baratti and cycle for about 20 minutes along the Provincial Road of Caldanelle towards Campiglia Marittima.
If you want, make a detour to Venturina Terme, a town with an ancient past and famous for its thermal waters. Proceeding along the provincial Principessa road, you will reach the village of Campiglia Marittima in about an hour from the starting point, perched on a hill overlooking the sea and the surrounding countryside.
Here, you can stop and enjoy a magnificent view of the Tuscan Archipelago and the underlying Val di Cornia. The historic center is contained within the walls, inside which you can find craft shops, museums, bars, paved alleys and buildings arranged in concentric semicircles.
From the village of Campiglia, go down towards the coast in a north-west direction. After 1.5 km along the S.P. 20 known as Via di San Vincenzo, the entrance to the San Silvestro Archaeological Mines Park is located on the right. Continuing on, you reach the S.P. 39 Vecchia Aurelia which bends to the right quite suddenly, reaching the town of San Vincenzo with its fine sandy beaches and shady pine forest.
From San Vincenzo, it's possible to visit the Rimigliano Natural Park with its Mediterranean scrub, oak and pine woods.
After a rest on the beaches of Marina di Castagneto, we head for Castagneto Carducci. The historic village developed around the Della Gherardesca Castle, built around the year 1000, and is characterized by paved streets, natural terraces, centuries-old shops and many trattorias. The town, which was originally called Castagneto Marittimo, changed its name at the beginning of the twentieth century in honor of the great poet Giosuè Carducci, who spent part of his life here. The house where Carducci lived can be visited and also hosts a museum filled with traces of his life.
From the village of Castagneto, continue east along the SP 329 Passo di Bocca di Valle towards Viale Giovanni Pascoli and then take the provincial road of the Four Municipalities until you reach the village of Sassetta after about 6.7 km. This area is known not only for the thermal baths, but also for the woods in the Poggio Neri forest park that contains numerous trekking routes and is famous for its food and wine tradition. Here, you can stay overnight and try the typical products that include Sassetana-style wild boar and delicious dishes based on game, mushrooms and polenta. Vegetarians will also be satisfied with the local cuisine with ricotta and vegetable tortelli, mushroom and onion soups, figs in oil, chestnut jam and cherries with vinsanto.
On the second day, leave Sassetta and continue along the SP dei Quattro Comuni up to Prata and then up towards Suvereto which is reached after 14 km. This medieval village has been awarded the orange flag by the Touring Club and its walls guard streets, historic buildings and churches. The village of Suvereto is surrounded by chestnut and cork woods, giving the area its name. The Doll Museum is a pleasant stop to discover dolls from many periods.
Pedaling for about 4 km, you reach the hamlet of San Lorenzo, also in the municipality of Suvereto. It's famous for producing excellent wines. We then move on to the towns of Casalappi and Cafaggio, before returning to Venturina Terme for a last stop where you can take advantage of the beneficial properties of its spas. Fans of history and farming will find the Museum of the Civilization of Labor interesting, with its collection of thousands of agricultural, artisanal and industrial tools used in the last two hundred years, particularly in the Val di Cornia. The route ends by retaking the provincial road of Caldanelle da Venturina, in the direction of Baratti.